Why Should We Celebrate Human Rights Day?

Human Rights Day is celebrated every year on December 10th, but the problem is not many people even know that it is an international day of celebration.  Human Rights Day was established in 1948, as a way to commemorate that we need to continue striving towards making sure that everyone across the globe is granted fundamental human rights.  These fundamental human rights are anything from food and shelter, to the access to uncensored information from the government.  The United Nations has played a major role in the work towards achieving human rights for all through the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  This declaration gives guidelines to the rights that every person all around the globe should be granted.

Although human rights may not be an extreme problem in our country, they are a huge problem in many places all over the world:

  • 80% of people live in the world live on less than $10 a day
  • More than 20% of the world’s population lack adequate housing
  • 80% of the world’s population live in countries where the income gap continues to widen

Even though these problems may not affect us directly, basic human rights are a huge problem for many people all across the world.

Now you may be wondering how you can celebrate this day, as it isn’t one that we can celebrate in a traditional way.  Despite this inability to celebrate it like a normal holiday, there are many ways that we can celebrate this day, such as acknowledging the rights that we have in our country that others may not have, looking at the work that charitable organizations do in our community to help better the lives of others, and things of that sort.  The next thing that we can do to help celebrate this day is help to make a change.  Get involved in a movement, whether it be something small in your community, or something larger like participating in a protest for something you care about.  Nothing we do on this day has to be large and impacting the entire world, but everything we do has an impact on the world around us, and everything can help to promote the celebration of this day.


  1. This week we will be having our thrift shop, Tuesday (12/11) from 10-2, Thursday (12/13) from 10-4, and Friday (12/14) from 10-4

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